JOINT STATEMENT – March 1, 2017
Written by Asian Pacific Women's Center

Asian Pacific Women’s Center and Center for the Pacific Asian Family Join Forces to Serve Asian & Pacific Islander Community Together

LOS ANGELES - After more than 17 years of partnering to help women, children and families affected by domestic violence and abuse, Asian Pacific Women’s Center (APWC) and Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) announced today that they have combined their organizations to enhance their capacity to serve the diverse Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Los Angeles.

Founded in 1998, APWC is dedicated to providing a safe haven and support services for women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. APWC has a transitional shelter, a community education and empowerment program with case management and counseling, and a permanent affordable housing program for families affected by domestic violence.

Since 1978, CPAF has provided comprehensive supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, including counseling, advocacy in the legal, medical and public welfare systems, and safe shelter with afterschool and children’s development programs. CPAF operates a 24-hour multilingual hotline (1-800-3993940), emergency and transitional shelters, and a community center with intervention, prevention and public education programs.

CPAF and APWC share the same vision of an Asian and Pacific Islander community that is free from violence and both organizations provide services that are sensitive to the cultural and language needs of Asian and Pacific Islander survivors of violence and their families. The newly combined organization will continue under the name Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF), led by Debra Suh, executive director.

“APWC has served domestic violence survivors for over 18 years thanks to the work and dedication of community and business leaders with the vision and courage to stand up for those in need. We invite our APWC family to join us as we combine our efforts with CPAF. With your continued support, we will expand our voices, our impact and our reach to meet the needs of our diverse and growing community,” said Judy Man-Ling Lam, APWC board president.

“Our combined strengths will enable us to provide better, more comprehensive services to Asians and Pacific Islanders affected by family and intimate partner violence,” said Roselma Samala, board president of CPAF. “I am proud to be a part of this important moment. We are grateful for the leadership of the APWC and CPAF team who has worked diligently over the past four years in order to reach this day.”

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The Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) is recognized nationally for its pioneering work in providing culturally sensitive services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Los Angeles County. Founded in 1978, CPAF’s mission is to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and consequences of family violence and violence against women. CPAF specializes in serving low-income Asian and Pacific Islander (API) survivors of domestic and sexual violence and is committed to meeting the specific cultural and language needs of API women and their families. To learn more, visit

APWC Launches Korean Women’s Group
Written by Camille Chuaquico

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 APWC is proud to launch ‘Rebuilding Strength and Dreams’--a women’s group that is open to all Korean women who are interested to join an 8-session workshop that will cover the following topics:

- Developing one's strengths and empowerment

- Building happy and healthy relationships

- Understanding of trauma and recovery

- Effects of domestic violence and abuse on women’s lives

Rebuilding Strength and Dreams aims to provide a non-judgmental environment that will allow women to gain personal strength and establish healthy relationships through art activities. The group aims to allow women to empower one another to live healthy and successful lifestyles without being hindered from their previous trauma experiences.

The workshop will run for 8 weeks starting March 9, 2016. Details for the support group are below:

Who: Asian Pacific Women’s Center

What: Korean Women’s Group

When: Every Wednesday, March 9 through April 27, 2016, from 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: 5th Floor, JACCC, 244 S. San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cost: FREE

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Elizabeth Rhee at 213-760-4048 or Younga Choi at 213-760-3736.

APWC Receives Generous Donations from DV Collection Drive
Written by Camille Chuaquico

APWC is honored to be one of the DV shelter partners receiving donations of necessities for the women residing in our Transitional Shelter such as toiletries, household cleaning products, and school supplies. In addition to these items, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center (KP-BPMC) donated $1,000 to APWC to purchase additional necessities for our survivors. The donations are a product of the 12th Annual Domestic Violence Collection Drive in partnership with Congresswomen Judy Chu and Grace Napolitano. The collection drive is a month-long campaign which happens every October and coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“This is our 12th year that we are hosting the clothing and necessities drive. We truly believe in increasing awareness around violence within our communities, especially since family violence is a cycle that affects thousands of women and children each year,” says Maggie Pierce, Senior Vice President and Area Manager, KP BPMC. “As a healthcare provider, we see first-hand the physical and emotional impacts that violence and abuse brings upon its victims and we are committed to doing what we can to continue to heighten awareness.”

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APWC would like to thank KP-BPMC, Congresswomen Judy Chu and Grace Napolitano for their generous support throughout the years. The donations have made daily living easier for our domestic violence survivors as they transition into violence-free lives.

If you are interested in making donations to our survivors, please click here or call 213-250-2977.

NetKAL Volunteers Star in APWC’s PSA Film
Written by Camille Chuaquico

APWC had the opportunity to collaborate with Network of Korean American Leaders (NetKAL) and their 2nd Annual Korean American Service Day (KA Service Day) on October 17, 2015.

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KA Service Day is a national day of service that encourages Korean Americans to rally together to support their communities. As one of the many organizations that participated in KS Service Day nationwide, a group of seven volunteers came to our Little Tokyo community office bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on a Saturday morning to film two public service announcement (PSA) videos in celebration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One of the PSAs addresses the different forms of domestic abuse, while the second PSA addresses myths and facts surrounding domestic violence. Volunteers and APWC staff had a great time shooting the videos!

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Look out for the PSAs, which will be posted to APWC’s YouTube channel and social media sites in the next month. Meanwhile, take a look at the photos from KA Service Day by clicking here.

You can be the next star of our PSA video! Email our volunteer coordinator at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to learn about current volunteer opportunities at APWC.

APWC Presents "Treat Yo' Self" in Celebration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Written by Camille Chuaquico

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The Asian Pacific Women’s Center (APWC) is proud to announce the ‘Treat Yo’ Self’ event in celebration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) on Friday, October 23, 2015 at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) Plaza in Little Tokyo from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The event is open to all members of the community and aims to raise awareness about domestic violence and self-care for mental health wellness.

APWC will serve free cupcakes, pies, and other sweet treats. Gift cards sponsored by bakeshops in Downtown Los Angeles will be raffled off during the event. Attendees are encouraged to wear purple in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and survivors of domestic violence.

APWC is accepting donations of unwanted wireless phones and equipment in any condition from any service provider in support of Verizon Wireless HopeLine Program. The HopeLine phone donations helps Verizon Wireless donate phones and airtime to victims of domestic violence and provides funding to APWC and other domestic violence shelters across the country.

“Among social issues known in our community, domestic violence is definitely the elephant in the room—an enormous problem destroying families but often left hurting in silence.” said Verena Kwan, APWC’s Workforce Development Program Coordinator. “We at APWC strongly believe that everyone in the community has a stake in bringing this issue out in the open. We invite everyone to take a stand against domestic violence and learn about ways to get involved.”

For further details and to RSVP to the event, please visit: or contact Camille Chuauico at (213) 250-2977.


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